It sometimes happens that after we read about ancient places and towns, we wonder what they were like. Because a part of us really wants to rewind just to see how things worked back then. How would it have been to live in that era?
Read on as we take you through our favourite places from history that we’d visit in a heartbeat if we could.
We aren’t talking about the sub-city of Delhi, Dwarka. We are talking about lord Krishna’s kingdom Dwarka. It is believed that Krishna moved here after defeating his uncle Kamsa at Mathura. Previously known as the Ahir and Yadav empire, this kingdom was established by lord Krishna. We only wish we could go back in time to see what kind of an administrator Krishna was!
Hastinapur was the capital of the Kauravas, and the place where most important incidents of the Mahabharata took place. And it was over this place that the Kurukshetra war took place. We would love to go to Hastinapur of the Kauravas and Panadavas to witness the Mahabharata as it may have happened. Come on now, don’t you?
Indraprastha, city of heaven, was the capital of the Pandavas. It is believed that modern day Delhi used to be Indraprastha, but there’s no certainty about the claim. According to the Mahabharata, Pandavas had built a spectacular palace at Indraprastha, which had the effect of an illusion. Now, who’d not want to visit that Grandeur palace that has been discussed in mythology over and over again?
Kalinga was a powerful kingdom during the Mauryan era. The kingdom witnessed a downfall after Ashoka led a war against it, leading to the bloodiest battle in history, the Kalinga war. After defeating Raja Anatha Padmanabhan, Kalinga became a part of the Mauryan empire. The intriguing stories that revolve around Kalinga make it a must visit place. If only.
Harappa, under the Indus Valley Civilisation, emerged as a city in 2600 BCE. It was one of the first ancient cities in the Indian continent, where writing systems and urban centres came up. It’s repeated mention in our history books make it a fascinating place.
Built around 2500 BCE, Mohenjo-daro was one of the largest human settlements we had during the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Mohenjo-daro was abandoned in the 19th century BCE after the Indus Valley Civilization declined, and wasn’t rediscovered until the 1920s. Significant excavation has since been conducted at the site of the city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Currently, it is damaged due to erosion and improper restoration. Need we say why we want to visit this place?
Back in the day, Nalanda was initially a prosperous village on a major trade route that ran through the nearby city of Rajagriha, then the capital of Magadha. It is popular as it is said that the Jain thirthankara, Mahavira, spent 14 rainy seasons at Nalanda. Moreover, it is believed that Gautama Buddha delivered lectures in a nearby mango grove named Pavarika. He even attained nirvana there. The existence of the village dates back to at least the 5th–6th century BCE. Mind blowing, right?
Once upon a time, Kalibangan was a major provincial capital of the Indus Valley Civilization. The identity of this pre-historic site was discovered by Luigi Pio Tessitori, an Italian Indologist. Even today, Kalibangan is remembered for its unique fire altars and world’s earliest attested ploughed field. Now that’s progressive!
The story of Shravasti is associated with Gautama Buddha’s life. It was situated on the banks of the river Achiravati, now known as Rapti and was the capital of Kosala. Ruled by a disciple of Buddha known as Pasenadi, it was full of agriculture and diversity. Buddhaghosa says that, during Buddha’s time, there were 57,000 families in Shravasti, and it was the chief city in Kosala. Sounds like a divine place, right? Really wish it still existed.
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